“ Address: The Rectory / St Michael's Close / Framlingham / Woodbridge / IP13 9BJ Suffolk „
I had never heard of this church before and had no idea of it's royal connections and place in history before we visited. We visited S Michael's after visiting Framlingham Castle where the church was mentioned in the musuem part as being the plave where Henry VIII's illegitimate son was buried. I didn't even realise he had an illegitimate son up to that point, but once I did I waned to know more about the story!
The church is just off of Framlingham's main street and no more than a five minute walk from the casle itself.
It is an old church (with the current building dating from the 16th century) and is absolutely beautiful. The grounds outside are very well kept and there is a war memorial surrounded by flowers that looked fantastic when we visited in July.
The church has one of only 3 surviving Thomas Thamar organs from the 17th century (Oliver Cromwell didn't like them much apparently and most were lost during the English civil war) and it is magnificent looking. There is also an early painting of Jesus crucifixion worth seeing.
There are several tombs of well known people within the church - including Thomas Howard who was the uncle of not one but two of Henry VIIIs wives and a big name in Framlingham and the tomb of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Someset, who was the illegitimate son of Henry VIII and one of Katherine of Aragon's ladies in waiting.
As well as everything there is to see in the chuch (and there is a lot) it is also very peaceful and still used as a parish church. A lovely lady showed us around when we visited and was very knowledgeable.
The church was very interesting and we learnt even more about East Anglia's history, the Tudors and Framlingham here than we did at the castle!